Child welfare

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost, left, Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen, Department of Homeland Security Acting Executive Associate Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations Nathalie Asher, Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Jonathan Hayes, and Joint Task Force West Director Manuel Padilla Jr., are sworn in for a Senate Judiciary Border Security and Immigration Subcommittee hearing about the border, Wednesday May 8, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 09, 2019 - 3:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are questioning whether the Trump administration is neglecting its duty to protect unaccompanied immigrant children in its care amid allegations of misconduct at federally funded shelters. Chairman Chuck...
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Pope Francis sits as he attends a meeting with the dioceses of Rome, at the Vatican Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 09, 2019 - 2:41 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on new church laws regarding sex abuse reporting issued Thursday by Pope Francis (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A former member of Pope Francis' commission for the protection of minors says a new Vatican law on clergy sex abuse is positive because it codifies a...
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This undated photo released by the Houston Police Department shows Maleah Davis. Houston police are trying to determine what happened to the 4-year-old girl after her stepfather said she was taken by men who released him and his 2-year-old son after abducting them as well. An Amber Alert was issued Sunday morning, May 7, 2019, for Maleah Davis. (Houston Police Department via AP)
May 09, 2019 - 1:56 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A car that was reportedly stolen when a 4-year-old Texas girl disappeared late last week was found Thursday in a suburban Houston parking lot, authorities said. A woman spotted the gray Nissan Altima in a Missouri City parking lot and reported it to police, Houston police Detective...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 file photo, ten crosses honoring the 10 people killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School were dedicated during a ceremony in Santa Fe, Texas. Nearly a year after the mass shooting killed eight students and two substitute teachers, Texas lawmakers are close to passing new measures that they say would harden campuses. They include measures that would arm more school personnel, beef up security plans and boost student mental health resources. But there's no push for new restrictions on the purchase or possession of guns. (Kelsey Walling/The Galveston County Daily News via AP, File)
May 07, 2019 - 12:22 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school in which eight students and two substitute teachers were killed, lawmakers in the gun-friendly state are close to passing new measures that they say would harden campuses by adding more armed school personnel, beefing...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk out to participate in a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday May 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 07, 2019 - 9:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is celebrating the anniversary of her 'Be Best' children's initiative by announcing plans to expand it. Tuesday marks one year since the first lady launched her signature initiative with its focus on child well-being, social media use and drug abuse. She plans a...
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Pope Francis looks at children singing for him during his visit to a refugee center on the outskirts of Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday, May 6, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 06, 2019 - 4:01 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with refugees in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center and told them they are bearing the "cross of humanity," after he urged the migrant-skeptic government to not close its eyes to their suffering. Children from Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere sang for...
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Mourners gather outside the home of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund for a vigil Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Crystal Lake, Ill. Andrew's body was found in a wooded area in Woodstock Wednesday, and the boy's parents have been charged with his murder. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP)
April 25, 2019 - 6:20 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Disturbing details emerged Thursday of the torture authorities say preceded the beating death of a 5-year-old Illinois boy who had extensive contact with child welfare workers, escalating scrutiny of a state agency already being reviewed because of the recent deaths of two other...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to attend the "Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit," Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 24, 2019 - 12:26 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed credit Wednesday for progress in battling the opioid epidemic amid debate over whether the crisis has peaked and what his administration has accomplished. "It's a big problem. It's a big addiction and we're handling it," Trump said as he and first lady...
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People visit the Columbine Memorial before a vigil at the site for the victims of the massacre at Columbine High School nearly 20 years ago Friday, April 19, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 20, 2019 - 6:50 pm
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Community members in suburban Denver marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting Saturday with a remembrance ceremony that celebrated the school's survival and by volunteering at shelters, doing neighborhood cleanup projects and laying flowers and cards...
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April 16, 2019 - 7:07 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge said Tuesday it appeared the Trump administration could identify potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border in much less time than the one to two years officials want to complete the work, though he was reluctant to impose a...
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